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Published:April 20th, 2014 11:38 EST

Where Have You Gone Debbie Gibson & Rick Astley? Video!

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Debbie Gibson revealed on her website that she suffers from Lyme disease after questions arose about her dramatic weight loss.


The `80s pop icon said she`d received some comments about her skinny figure after performing a couple shows in Chile."


I never would have survived the late 80`s and early 90`s if it weren`t for Debbie Gibson and Rick Astley; their bouncy pop hits were an invigorating tonic.

I have a reputation as a smart ass, but this isn`t an ironic appreciation. My vast CD collection may include albums by icons like Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Van Morrison, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Adele, but it also includes records by Debbie Gibson and Rick Astley.

Debbie Gibson wasn`t just a pop teen queen, girlfriend was a pop brainiac. In 1988 she was pronounced the youngest artist to write, produce and perform a No. 1 single on the Billboard pop chart, with her song "Foolish Beat."

I hadn`t thought of Gibson in years until I read the UPI article, it`s good to know she`s still rocking, even if it`s in Chile.

I`m sorry to hear about her illness, and I pray that she will regain her health and sing her old hits in America.

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